On The Upcoming Casino Vote

September 25, 2013
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On Monday afternoon the Economic Development Sub Committee of the City Council held a special meeting about the Boston Globe story on the revenue projections of the Suffolk Downs Casino and its implications for the City of Revere.

After a hearing that lasted more than 90 minutes, the end result was that they all agreed that the host agreement that Mayor Dan Rizzo and his team negotiated is a great deal for the City of Revere.

Councillor after Councillor stood by their vote to approve the agreement.  And every Councillor reiterated the dire fact of what would happen to Revere if this deal does not go through.

Councillor Tony Zambuto expounded the advantages of the agreement by noting that Revere city’s coffers are guaranteed to receive $125M over the next 15 years as well as $50M in infrastructure repairs and a new youth center.  All of these measures will stabilize our tax base and be a boon for city taxpayers.

Revere Director of Economic Development John Festa said that when they were looking at the casino revenue projections,  city officials took the worst case revenue scenario and that Revere is guaranteed these monies regardless.  And yes, there is still an upside of even more money if Suffolk Downs Casino hits its projected $1B in revenue.

Mayor Dan Rizzo pointed out that WBUR Radio noted that Revere did better in its negotiation than the City of Boston. And he said that, as he explains the agreement with residents, once they hear all the positives that have been negotiated, any doubts that they might have had are gone and they support the proposal.

As the November 5 vote by Revere residents on whether to approve the casino approaches, we urge all residents who have questions to seek out their elected officials and get the answers to their questions – honestly and unbiased.

  • drensber

    “Mayor Dan Rizzo pointed out that WBUR Radio noted that Revere did better in its negotiation than the City of Boston.”

    Huh? Do you have _any_ facts to back that up, or do you expect the uneducated masses of Revere to continue to unquestioningly obey what “they” say?

  • drensber

    “As the November 5 vote by Revere residents on whether to approve the casino approaches, we urge all residents who have questions to seek out their elected officials and get the answers to their questions – honestly and unbiased.”

    Or do your own due diligence… do you really trust yourself less than “officials” who do things like get in fist fights at funerals? Come on, have some self respect.

  • drensber

    “And every Councillor reiterated the dire fact of what would happen to Revere if this deal does not go through.”

    What they’re basically saying, then is that Revere is incompetent. The vast majority of the Boston area is experiencing a renaissance not seen for over 100 years. Believe it or not, they’re doing it _without_ a casino. People should be asking what we’re doing so wrong that we can be lead into such a desperation play (and that’s exactly what it is… ask anyone who lived in Atlantic City or the are around Foxwoods prior to the casino mens’ arrival).

  • drensber

    If you have high enough standards that you’d prefer to get your “honest and unbiased” information from someone who’s done some research rather than a bunch of good-ol-boys who get drunk at Renzo’s, here’s a place to start: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/24/opinion/frum-casinos-harm/index.html#sthash.ErXrNgPf.dpuf

  • Voter123

    this is a loaded cannon, after it is built you cant go back. any monies going to Revere will go to police details not the the taxpayers as no boob would purchase a home in Revere and our home values go down. traffic and crime will come with it. Visit Atlantic city and the proof will be right in front of you

  • drensber

    …or talk to your nearest good-ole-boys’ club councilor for “honest and unbiased” answers to your questions according to the Revere Peoples’ Daily (China and Revere are similar in some of the worst ways).

  • http://elmercat.org/ Elmer

    Vote NO!!!

    Most of the City Council candidates are running unopposed, and the few challengers sound no different than the incumbents. As voters, we have little chance of making meaningful changes at City Hall this year, however we can send a strong message of discontent by handing them a resounding defeat of the casino referendum.

    It’s a horrible deal for Revere; vote NO!!!

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